Creative Saskatchewan is the economic development agency for Saskatchewan’s creative industries.
We unlock the potential of the creative industries and fuel the economic engine of homegrown talent, converting creativity into cashflow.
The agency’s investments via programming and community sponsorship propel creative entrepreneurs as they create, perform, innovate, and export in their pursuit of commercial success.
Lisa, Karen, and Andrea are Program Officers for Creative Saskatchewan. They help navigate our clients through the application process for our grants and programs, from the pre-application stage to final reporting.
We welcome one-on-one consultations over the phone, via email, or video call!
Creative Saskatchewan’s Board of Directors consists of no more than 11 Directors, appointed by the Minister of Parks, Culture and Sport.
The Board has the statutory power and obligation as granted by The Creative Saskatchewan Act and The Creative Saskatchewan Regulations.
Five of the Board members are selected by the Minister from a list of potential nominees assembled by the Nominations Committee of Creative Saskatchewan.
The Board is responsible for:
For more information about our Board, including nominations, please contact our CEO, Erin Dean via email.
Jason is a skilled entrepreneur, and has built a successful career attracting outside investment to Saskatchewan across a diverse spectrum of economic sectors including creative industries, real estate and natural resource development. Jason has invested in numerous projects in the creative sector, and has served as Chair of the Regina Symphony Orchestra.
Jordan Gaw is the Regional Director for the Prairies region at Invest in Canada. In the role he brings nearly 20 years of international business experience working with the private and public sector.
Prior to joining Invest in Canada Jordan had leadership roles with the Offshore Sourcing and Procurement division for Loblaw Companies, Canada’s largest grocer, with Saskatchewan’s trade agency STEP and with the Government of Saskatchewan’s inland trade port, the GTH.
Jordan is a Certified International Trade Professional and has his Canadian Supply Chain Logistics designation.
Amanda Baker has been the Revenue Development Coordinator at the Alzheimer Society Saskatchewan since mid 2021. This philanthropic, doner centric position focuses on organizing major fundraising events, donor stewardship activities and grant application management to maintain sustainable funding to the Society.
Previously held positions include the Outreach Coordinator at Elections Saskatchewan in preparation for the 2020 Provincial Election with a focus on Indigenous engagement and communications. Over twenty years of experience in various leadership, board and volunteer roles such as the Member Relations Manager and successor to the CEO at The Regina & District Chamber of Commerce.
At the MacKenzie Art Gallery she was a member of the Board of Trustees, Audit and Finance Committee and Chair of Annual fundraising Gala. Other positions include sitting on the Pageantry and Protocol Committee for the JUNOs, the organizing committee for 2015 Canada Day Celebrations and Board Chair of Curtain Razors. Her career and volunteer work afford her experience in both the Arts and Business Community.
Peggy Hasein is former publisher and owner of the Biggar Independent which she and her husband purchased in 1989 and sold in 2019. At the moment she is retired and loving it! She holds a Certificate in Public Relations from the University of Victoria. She is a Past President of the Saskatchewan Weekly Newspapers Association and served on the Board of Directors of News Media Canada. She authored a syndicated column entitled Neighbourly News which was printed in weekly newspapers across the three Prairie provinces. She has been involved in many organizations in her community. She dabbles in genealogy and has written a series of four novelettes detailing the history of her maternal grandparents and is in the process of completing a book on her paternal grandparents. As for hobbies she enjoys reading, quilting and cross stitching.
Dr. Gwen Machnee of Canora, is originally from the UK, she came to Canada when she was in her twenties intending to stay two or three years and has never gone back. Gwen holds bachelor and doctoral degrees in Microbiology and a masters in Adult Education. Gwen heads up applied research at Parkland College having built the program from its inception, she also worked with university programs at the college building the program to be the largest off-campus program in the province. She is the Chair of the Saskatchewan Council on Agricultural Training and Education (SCATE) and vice Chair of the East Central Research Foundation. Gwen is an experienced board member having been elected to the local school board and division boards of both Crystal Lake SD and East Land Lakes SD, now part of Good Spirit School Division. Gwen also served for three terms on the board of SaskCulture and is currently on the executive board of the Saskatchewan Conference of Mennonite Brethren. Gwen and her husband live in rural Saskatchewan with a small flock of sheep from whose wool Gwen spins, dyes and knits. She has also volunteered with the Yorkton Film Festival and plays in the Yorkton Community Band.
Dr. Malik is the Provost and Vice-President, Academic at Saskatchewan Polytechnic. With more than 20 years of post-secondary experience, Dr. Malik has served as the Associate Vice-President, Academic Pathways and Planning at Sheridan College in Ontario, as well as the founding Dean of Humanities and Social Sciences, the Dean of Continuing and Professional Studies, and the Dean of Community and Liberal Studies. He was a member of the Home Suite Hope Industry Council in Ontario; engaged in the newly formed Online Learning Consortium: e-CampusOntario; served as a member of the Board of Directors for OntarioLearn; and was a member of the Community Task Force for William Osler Health System, in Brampton, Ontario.
Wally Start is President and Executive Producer of Angel Entertainment and Bamboo Shoots. He is an innovator with a proven track record of nurturing and growing successful production companies and creating outstanding international content.
With over thirty years in the industry, Wally has developed a keen eye for “the story” and exhibits an intimate understanding of the dynamics that can turn a good production into a great one.
Through Angel Entertainment, he is a hands-on producer, joining in the creative process of all his projects including features: Big Muddy (TIFF 2014) and Stained (The Indie Fest: Award of Merit – 2010), and TV series Rabbit Fall (twice-nominated DGC Best Dramatic Series), as well as documentary series: The Other Side (in its 8th Season on APTN) and Dirt Farmers (in its 3rd Season on CityTV SK).
Through Bamboo Shoots Inc., the production arm of Angel Entertainment, Wally has helped build the operation into one of Western Canada’s largest commercial and post- production houses with offices in Saskatoon, Regina and Calgary.
Whether Wally is working on feature films or TV series, he injects each project with the same drive and passion. He is a great collaborator who is always looking to co-produce with like-minded producers, and his keen eye for original ideas means he always has several irons in the creative fire.
Wally is committed to growing the industry in Saskatchewan and has twice served on the board of SMPIA and currently serves on Creative Saskatchewan’s board.
Stephanie Yong is the Director of Government Relations and Partnerships at Saskatoon Regional Economic Development Authority (SREDA). She is also principal/owner at Stephanie Yong Consulting, a consultancy that focuses on utilizing the tools of human-centred design thinking to help generate ideas, solve strategic problems and apply to community and social impact projects. Her specialties include engagement, analytics and integration of advanced technologies into existing business processes.
Stephanie has a BA in Political Studies and an MBA from the University of Saskatchewan. She has completed her Institute of Corporate Directors (ICD) training and is a certified Corporate Director. Stephanie has also been a recipient of CBC Saskatchewan’s Top 40 Under 40 Award. Stephanie comes from a family of hard workers and has made it her life motto, “the harder you work, the harder you can play.”